Objectives of the project
The main goal of INSULAE is to foster the deployment of innovative solutions aiming to the EU islands decarbonization by developing and demonstrating at three Lighthouse Islands a set of interventions linked to seven replicable use cases, whose results will validate an Investment Planning Tool that will be then demonstrated at four Follower Islands for the development of four associated Action Plans.
INSULAE project is composed by a puzzle of seven pieces
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The engagement of citizens on clean energy solutions and their empowerment...read more
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Considering METIS and running within the Artelys Crystal Suite, the software...read more
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Their participation ensures a larger project impact enabling the first step of INSULAE replication...read more
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Attractive business models supporting the Use cases and Actions Plans
The Actions Plans coming from the IPT are conformed by a combination of the use cases...read more
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increasing the digitalization of the islands systems is critical for enabling...read more
Considering METIS and running within the Artelys Crystal Suite, the software will support the decision makers on the selection and design of cost effective Action Plans looking for the island decarbonization.
Seven interventions to be demonstrated in the Lighthouse islands represent the following innovative use cases:
- (UC1) joint management of hybridized RES and storage,
- (UC-2) Smart integration and control of water and energy systems,
- (UC-3) Empowerment of islands’ energy communities through 5G and IoT technologies for flexibility services,
- (UC-4) Transition to DC grids,
- (UC-5) Local bio-based economies supporting the electrical, thermal and transport systems integrated management,
- (UC-6) Electrification of the islands’ transport looking to grid frequency and voltage regulation and
- (UC-7) Storage and power electronics for the stabilization of weak grids and microgrids.
Their participation ensures a larger project impact enabling the first step of INSULAE replication. Action plans for decarbonize the islands will be deployed by using the Investment Planning Tool.
Increasing the digitalization of the islands systems is critical for enabling the use of new technologies and services based on data management and control.
The development of a Big data platform for feeding the IPT, the establishment of a Common Information Model gathering and managing all the data generated by the demonstrators, the deployment of 5G networks and IoT technologies for the energy systems control, the users expected interaction in energy communities secured by blockchain technologies, the integration of new functionalities in control centers, as well as in equipment controllers, are some of the steps provided by INSULAE towards the digitalization of EU islands for achieving a decarbonization of their systems.
The Actions Plans coming from the IPT are conformed by a combination of the use cases and state of the art solutions. They will be supported by attractive business models for ensuring its implementation without subsidies.
The engagement of citizens on clean energy solutions and their empowerment to participate in local energy transition to a carbon neutral scenario are key aspects for decarbonizing islands, thus, for a successful implementation of INSULAE.
Furthermore, at each island, experts with social sciences background are participating, also to support the improvement of the necessary underpinning regulatory framework.
The EU islands biodiversity and ecosystems are exceptionally rich, but, at the same time, they are as well very vulnerable to external factors and human stressors (i.e. climate change).
For these reasons, INSULAE project will orientate the interventions composing the Action Plans to those that better preserve the environment.